I figured I should share this with everyone else. I do not own ACE yet, so I just used the trial and never activated it, 'cause I didn't want to. I did however try VX and it works fully; played tested it and everything. Also, you must use the latest Ubuntu upgrade, "12.04 LTS". This also allowed me to install VX on Ubuntu as well. Since I have my full copies on Windows, I used trials for this. You could try 11.10, but nothing before that seems to work.
This is but one way to fix the DRM errors, DirectX errors and sound errors when installing on Ubuntu. It might also go slower than it does on Windows (for me, it runs FLAWLESSLY except when first executing the exe), but if you are desperate, you won't care much I think. But the good news is, each and every Ubuntu update and WINE update makes this more and more possible! For example, CS4 and CS5 are usable on Ubuntu now, though I have not tested it myself.
Sometimes this doesn't fix it for everyone. It solved it for me, and four other friends of mine. I think I found a "reason" as to why. Sounds cards and PC info. I really don't know how to explain this, but sometimes (I have three Desktops, one of which this didn't work on) PCs in Ubuntu won't accept some of the WINE installations. Though you are welcomed to try installing it else where to see if it can be fixed. Overall though, I've only met two people this didn't work for, three if you count my third Desktop computer.
Lastly, I hope this was the right place to put this tutorial. I apologize if I erred, moderators and admin team.
Since it worked for VX, this also goes for that. I have not yet tested XP fully, but I will when I get my drive back.
Okay, the process may seem long and hard, but its not. I have spent all day trying to get it to work in 11.10, but it does not. You must update to the newest Ubuntu. This is a screen shot showing I got it to work, in case others doubt me or something (I once said it was possible, and got chewed out, so I'm being careful xD):
To update to the newest version, there are many options; 1) there is searching up "Update Manager" by clicking this:
and then clicking the "Upgrade now" button, or you can click this:
And then select the updating option.
Now we need to upgrade the WINE application. If you haven't upgraded to the newest Ubuntu, do it now, restart and continue. Only after that point, unless you wish to try it on 11.10 first, should you continue.
Open up the Terminal Window (you can search for it in the search bar mentioned earlier) or you can try this shortcut prompt: CRTL + ALT + T
Now, type the following sudo commands. All of them must be separate! So that means pressing "ENTER" each line. If you worry about typing the sudo commands out yourself, then you can select each line, copy and paste it into the Terminal by right clicking and selecting "PASTE". You will be prompted for your password now.
Once you installed that, we need DirectX; something VERY important to RPG maker games. It is a Windows based native, but it can be run through WINE. But first, we need the latest Winetricks. Open the terminal window again and type the following all as separate sudo commands:
$ wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks $ chmod +x winetricks $ sh winetricks
This should bring up the winetricks program. It looks like this:
Check "Select the default wineprefix" if it isn't already, and then hit okay. Now check the first option, which is "Install a Windows DLL or component" and hit okay once again.
Another window should pop up with hundreds of options. Search for the following and check them:
dotnet20 (MS .NET 2.0); You NEED this file for this to work! And make sure you have "gdiplus" checked as well.
And then hit OK and it will install them all. If you get any errors installing the DirectX, please take pictures of them and provide them, as well as tell me exactly what you did, because this should work.
Now we need to install TiMidity; a MIDI solving thingy-ma-bob. Open the terminal window again and type:
$ sudo apt-get install timidity
And then let it install. You might have to say "yes/y" to continue and you might have to agree to let it install extra stuff. Say yes. Reboot the computer just to be safe.
When you get back into Ubuntu, its time to start the most important process, I think. Installing all of the RPG Makers. That's right, all of them. You can just use trials though, that's what I did at first, though i later dragged my files from Windows over to continue where I left off with my games.
First, download RPG VX (Not ACE) and RPG XP and drag them to the desktop. Time to drag ACE to the desktop as well, JUST THE INSTALLERS THOUGH. You might have to extract them. Put them all in folders separately called "RPGVX Setup" and so on.
Now we need to go to Program files and create a folder called RPG Maker, or put this folder in Common Files, if you are dual booting like me. This will make sure it won't erase the Windows install of the makers or overlap each other and cancel everything out.
So for example, this is what mine looked like:
Which is "500GB\programfiles\commonfiles\RPG Maker\" This is important, okay? All of the files must go in the same folder, or this won't work. *Also, it will install under ".wine" folder. The "." makes folders/files hidden. I will get into this on the second post*
First, we need to install VX, not ACE, so you need to go to Uninstall WINE Software. This won't effect WINE, but its actually the panel to install things through it. I don't know why they decided to call it "UNINSTALL" only, since it does both and more.
You should see this:
You see the red boxed thing? That's how you install new things; we'll need to click that.
But first, take a look at the stuff I boxed in blue. This is how it should look after you are done with everything. Ignore "MSVCRT Redists"; though; but if you want, you can install it just in case (by checking the list I mentioned earlier, or searching it up in Dash Home). Now back to the red; click the "INSTALL" button and navigate to your desktop.
Here, open up the folder that has the install files for RPGVX, not ACE, and install the ACTUAL MAKER before the RTP. For example, this is what it looks like for me, e.i, where I installed:
All of it must be inside of RPG Maker folder! Do not make separate folders for ACE, XP and VX!
So, set up the RPGVX program, NOT THE RTP, to this folder first. Install it and then open up the Uninstall WINE software again, this time we select VX's RTP. We'll install it in the same folder, so do it. If it says "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" click yes; do no worry about it. After the RTP is installed, we need to install the trial of XP. *You can install FULL versions if you have them instead of trials*
Actually, I just realized I couldn't install XP, or at least it doesn't show up, or I forgot if I did or didn't. Just in case, we'll still include it. Do the same steps as above in the same folder. Though, if it asks to erase VX stuff, say no and I guess skip the XP step. However, if it lets you install without erasing VX stuff, good, continue. And then install XP's RTP and if it says "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" again, say yes!
Now that we are passed that, we need to install ACE! Boo-ya!
Open up "Uninstall WINE software" again if you closed it and click the Install button again.
This time navigate to the ACE set up folder on the desktop and install the GAME first, not the RTP. Put it in the same folder as VX.
It shouldn't ask you to merge or replace the normal VX, if so, stop. Something went wrong. If not, continue. Now do the same for the RTP; it might say "This folder already exists, would you like to install inside this folder anyway?" again, if so, say yes.
If all goes well, BAM, you have ACE installed. To run the game, you should have a desktop shortcut. If that doesn't work for you (give it about a minute to load), go to the install folder and execute the exe of ACE install by right click and running with WINE LOADER. I need to explain a few more things in the next post, but that should be all.
There you go. Please post your problems, your Ubuntu version, your PC specs and what you did and didn't do.
Enjoy Linux users! You have a great game maker now!
THINGS TESTED SO FAR:
✓ = completed and tested [Unchecked] = I have not yet tested, will do next ✗ = failure; does not currently work with WINE's udpate.
UBUNTU 11.10/12.04 LTS TESTING
Laying tilesets down = ✓
Play testing = ✓
Opening from the "game" exe = ✓
Playing around = ✓
Text read and imputing = ✓
Importing Graphics = ✓
Database (Entering, editing etc etc; LARGE update from before, where you couldn't even enter the DB.) = ✓
Script editing and script menu = ✓
Music import = ✓
MIDI file types playable = ✗ (FILES will play if converted to OGG!)
BGS and SE Testing = ✓
Any music on map = ✗ (If the file is MIDI, the game crashes. MUST BE OGG FOR NOW!)
Anything else I am missing = [Unchecked]
LOG MOCK UP:
The engine is 99% perfect workable in Ubuntu with WINE now. The only problem, and I seriously mean the only problem (unless you gave give me something to test?), is MIDI files. I've read and heard you can get them to emulate properly in Ubuntu, but I couldn't. To get around this, converting all MIDIs to OGG works. If you do this, you are 100% able to use the engine.
RMXP has not been fully tested though.
As things are found and checked as either working, sorta working or X for not working, I will continue to find ways to update and fix it, if its possible with the current build of WINE. Each WINE update will be provided as a LOG edit here in this thread.
Please be patient as this updates with solutions etc etc. It will also help if you privide any other errors you might have had, or if you can tell me what to test and add to the list.
I have heard that some people did not need to install the other makers to get this to work. You are more than welcomed to do that, if you want. If you find other ways to install RPGVX/ACE in Ubuntu, then please share!
This post has been edited by MagitekElite: Jul 28 2012, 06:23 PM
Updated the tutorial with some more details, fixes and location problems. This post will have another very important detail concerning how to execute files, make the shortcuts and more. Please allow me a little bit to edit this post moderators and admins; it is not simply a double post, I promise.
============================TUTORIAL PART 2====================================
When you have everything installed, its time to make shortcuts and find out where everything went. See, when you install through WINE, it doesn't go into "PROGRAM FILES", but through WINE'S own directory. For example, if you followed my guide thoroughly, you should have installed all the makers into a folder called "RPG Makers" which should have been located within "PROGRAM FILES > COMMON FILES > RPG MAKER".
But you might have gone there, seen the folder and went inside to find it empty right? Well, yes, that's because it is. That's, what I like to call since I don't know the official term, is a "shadow" of WINE'S install. So it is still inside PROGRAM FILES, but not as though you were running Windows.
For example, for me the install location through WINE was:
The "UBUNTUUSERNAME" is your username, so whatever you made it, it will instead be that instead of "UBUNTUUSERNAME".
Now, after that, you see "/.wine/". That "." before the file tells Ubuntu to "hide" that file and or folder. So, first you need to open the HOME FOLDER on the far left and to the left again, click "HOME". You should only see a few files like Documents, Pictures etc etc.
Press CTRL + H to show the files. Hundreds of more things should pop up. Don't get adventurous and search through them all, just find ".wine" folder and get inside of it. The folder should be near the button of the scrolling, though it will vary depending on how much stuff you installed in Ubuntu.
Once inside of ".wine" folder, you should see "drive_c" ("C" might be different for you I think?)" and then "Program Files" and inside of that, "Common Files". Once again, click inside of that folder.
Now you will see the folder I told you to make called "RPG Maker"; inside of this, it should not be empty. You should see all the RPG makers in here that you installed, including the EXEs and DLLs.
What we want to do in here is make a shortcut, though it might not work for you, on the desktop. Unfortunately, 11.10 and the newest Ubuntu no longer has that awesome feature where you right click the desktop to make a shortcut (called a "launcher" in Ubuntu), you need to install something and do some codes -- but its really easy.
Open up the terminal and paste or write this code:
And then type/paste this code after the install of the above:
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
The second code should make this appear:
Of course, yours shouldn't have that text in it. Here you can give a suitable name for the launcher and in the command field enter "the name of the program and click OK. Though for this, you have to search for the file yourself and then HIT OKAY.
IF this all goes well, you should have a launcher/shortcut on the desktop. Now you don't have to go to the ".wine" folder to execute the game every time you want to use it.
This works for everything else in Ubuntu as well.
And now you can run VX and VX ACE! Look how pretty it looks in Ubuntu!
I have created a LOG on the first post explaining what I have tested so far and marked as "working" etc etc. Please take a look at the LOG and remember to check it every so often!
This thread will be updated with this account but by three different peoples; The creator of Black Moon, her subhelp with grammar, game testing, video hosting and advertising (ME) and, by what we call her, Dany. Each of us will update this thread using this account. Please contact this account if you are looking for the creator of Black Moon or Dany, the software wielder of our team.
This post has been edited by MagitekElite: Dec 23 2012, 04:57 PM